Over 25 audio stories from community leaders boldly and creatively tackling social issues in Providence. Listen and learn how you can be part of the story.
What does it mean to be a social entrepreneur (or intrapreneur)? Browse stories and blog posts from our Social Innovation Fellows. Applications due by November 10.
Over 40 students leading Providence Community Partnerships this year reflect on the question: "Why are you compelled to do this work?"
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SHAPE (Sexual Health Advocacy through Peer Education) strives to create an environment in which students at the MET school in Providence can engage in open and honest discussion about sexuality and sexual health. This year’s Community Fellows for the program are Marlees West ‘15 and Emily Westgate ‘16. Marlees is a Senior concentrating in Psychology with a focus in education. Marlees has coordinated the Peer Education Program for the past two years and taught in the classroom the year before. Emily is a Junior studying Public Health and currently coordinates SHAPE 1 & 2; she also taught in the classroom for a year.
Taylor Viggiano is a sophomore pursuing an independent concentration centered around nutrition and food’s ability to act as medicine within the body. She is a participant in this year’s TRILab course on Healthy Food Access.
When he’s not playing folk music at Hasbro hospital, leading outdoor education programs or working towards his degree in Environmental Toxicology, Jeremy Wortzel is fighting housing inequities with the Healthy Housing Hub at Brown. Since its genesis in 2012, the Hub has worked with over 62 students at seven universities to create wikihousing.org (coming soon!) - a website that houses over 900 pages of invaluable research for policy makers and civil servants interested in creating safe and healthy homes.
Jana Foxe '16 studies International and Comparative Politics at Brown, and is a participant in the TRI-Lab research seminar on Healthy Food Access.
The Outdoor Leadership Environmental Education Program (OLEEP) is a partnership between Brown University and the MET High School that started in 1997. Through small group mentoring, weekly environmental science workshops in the school and community, and camping and backpacking trips, the program works to develop leadership skills and a community in which Brown and MET students can learn from each other.